Two former paratroopers due in court charged with murder of Belfast man

Two former paratroopers will appear before a court in Belfast later, charged with the murder of a man almost 50 years ago.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 7:56 am
Undated family handout photo of Official IRA member Joe McCann. Two former paratroopers will appear at Belfast Crown Court on Monday charged with his murder. Issue date: Monday April 26, 2021.

Official IRA man Joe McCann, 24, died after being shot in the Markets area of Belfast in 1972.

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The veterans are referred to in court proceedings as soldiers A and C.

They will remain anonymous during the trial, which is expected to last for four weeks at Belfast Crown Court.

It is one of a number of legacy cases, referring to incidents which took place before the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, on which Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service has taken decisions.